The portion of Scripture some Jewish people are considering this week is known as Lekh Lekha, meaning “Go you forth!” This passage is filled with promises to Abraham and his physical descendants through Isaac and Jacob forever. These promises apply directly to a specific people group, the people known today as the Jews. However, the unconditional covenant ratified between God (Genesis 15:8-21), Abraham, and his extended contains spiritual blessings that benefit all of humanity, particularly those of us who believe in and follow Jesus.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3 The Context
The background of God’s continuing revelation of Himself in the life of Abraham is what happened before Abraham was even born. Like us, Genesis 1 -11 reveals a God who steps into His creation to restore and renew it. He is not afraid of the dark. God spoke and there was light, the darkness fled. Light chases the darkness away every time.
Mankind was created in God’s image, His image bearer in a world that has increasingly become very dark. Why did God make them male and female? It was for the purpose of having many children and send them out into the world and speak light everywhere. Like God, we are created to go forth and tell His story to all will listen. The command to “go” has always been at the forefront of God’s will for those created in His image.
The darkness occurs when man attempts to take God’s place, to steal His glory and throne. All of us are sinners, deserving of death. Still, God has always reserved for Himself someone who chose to glorify Him, to go forth into the world and share His story. This was true of Noah. It was also true of Abraham. I Want It Now!
When God spoke to Abraham, the promises He made were as of yet unrealized. God promised him many descendants, a land as a permanent possession, and great blessings both for Abraham and for all nations. These promises must have sounded good to Abram. He may have thought, “Sure, bring ’em on!”
Whether one lived 4,000 years ago in the Middle East or right around the corner today, people haven’t changed all that much. We would all rather deal in certainties that are pleasant from our perspective. But life isn’t like that, is it?
Regardless of the blessings that Abraham and Sarah eventually experienced, there was a present reality that had to be experienced. For that to happen, they had to “Go!” They had to leave their comfortable familiar surroundings and venture out into the unknown. This faithful couple ventured forth one step at a time into the unknown to bearers of God’s image in an idolatrous world. They were to bring light to those living in darkness.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
Today is November 8, 2016. Americans are going to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. For many, this is a do or die election. Depending on one’s political vantage point, when the votes are tallied someone may be wildly jubilant or deeply depressed by the outcome. Read Romans 13. God raises up the rulers over us. Whoever wins this election has been appointed by God for this time.
Those of us who identify ourselves as followers of Messiah Jesus must go forth into the world tomorrow and speak light into the darkness with love and compassion for all that we will meet.